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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lehane Arts, Shop of the Week

We believe jewelry should look gorgeous and convey an attitude. I like to create with crystals, gems, dichroic glass, metal and other materials.
The dichroic glass section of Lehane Arts is probably my favorite. To me it shows exactly what the artist in this shop means by looking gorgeous and conveying an attitude. I encourage you to browse the shop Lehane Arts on Etsy to find your own favorites.

A couple of my own favorites are below.

I also want you to know about a new board on Pinterest that Lehane and other Group2020 members are posting to. It is called Deals of the Week. As of this post and until the 2nd of August Lehane Arts has some specials waiting for you. Check the board often for exciting new offers each week!

Here is a peak at what that board has waiting for you today.

Follow Lehane's board !Group2020! Deals of the Week on Pinterest.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Don't miss out!

Follow Lehane's board Christmas in July on Pinterest.

The month of July is winding down and I would not want you to miss your chance to shop early for those one of a kind items that just may not be available after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In the hand made world that sort of disappointment is entirely possible.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lanmom Originals on Twitter

On twitter our shop of the week Lanmon Originals shares thought provoking or fun quotes nearly every day.
She gives us hints about what may be coming soon in the shop.

At the end of the day she let's us know that all is well. Any other fans of the doctor out there?

Follow along by following Nona on Twitter.

BTW I am not sure that most feed readers can see the embedded tweets properly. If you are having difficulty come on over to the Group2020 Blog. We are always happy to have visitors.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lanmom Originals, Our Shop of the Week

So many of us in Group 2020 have multiple skills that we bring to our shops and customers. What you find in the shop Lanmon Originals on Etsy proves that.

The variety you find in Nona's shop includes seed bead crochet which to me an art form unto itself, hand crafted soaps in all kinds of scents in skin nourishing formulas, crocheted projects with yarn or threads including hats, scarves, bracelets and headbands.

Still here? Go shopping at Lanmom Originals and come back to leave a comment about what you found to love. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Christmas in July?

Do you, like many others, start holiday shopping now rather than wait until after Thanksgiving in November? 

If you will be looking for, and I really hope you are, one of a kind or limited quantities of handmade, artisan crafted items that come with the heart of their creator and a story behind the design the time is now.

If you wait until later that special gift you had your eye on may be gone. Don't let that special gift you had your eye on be gone.

Group2020 has created a board to give you some great ideas. You can see a hint of what is on our Gorgeous Gifts board on Pinterest.

Another gift idea for anytime of year really comes from Clemmie V's blog.

 What would you put in the apron pocket? Let me know.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Shop of the Week Exquisite Studios

It's been a long day, so relax and enjoy the view! Welcome to the Handmade Artisan Fine Jewelry Studio that puts YOU center-stage! Sterling Silver & Gold Filled Designs abound. Update your look, wardrobe, & style. Genuine Gemstones, Wire Wrapped Styles, and my beloved Altered Authentic Vintage Jewelry Pieces. Enjoy!
With a welcome like that how could you not take the time to browse the shop of Exquisite Studios on Etsy? When you do take the time to read the descriptions of the items. She has a great deal of joy and enthusiasm for each piece of jewelry n the shop and it shows!

Monumentally Gorgeous! Handmade Artisan Altered Authentic Vintage Sterling Silver Tennis Line Bracelet featuring 10.50 Carats, tgw., of Genuine White & London Blue Topaz Gemstones! 

I've been working on this Fine Jewelry Bracelet for over a month! Now this impressive, Sterling Silver, Authentic Vintage piece is all ready for YOU! This is 7 1/4 Inches in length, and the clasp has a 2-step security feature, with its hook-and-slide lock style that's perfect for its age. The clasp is not Vintage, as this was another modification I performed since the original clasp was smashed and unusable. 

One of the most fascinating things I discovered about this particular piece, is the way it is designed. Most bracelets of this style are connected with each mounting having a slot on either side with a section at their tops that can be pulled apart to add the next mounting to create the line/tennis style. THIS gorgeous bracelet however, features slots on either end that the connector goes through, but--these sides are solid--no pull-apart section at their tops. These are crown mountings and the connectors are the most incredibly created ones I've ever seen. The connector "tabs," if you will, are each doubled AND soldered, making them thicker and stronger but still able to offer the overall flexibility necessary for this design. These tabs sit inside each mounting to hold one to the next--hence the term "line" when referring to this style. It's a truly amazing feature that I would be remiss if I didn't brag about. 

After a thorough cleaning, polishing, and inspection, I wanted to choose the very best way to show-off this brilliant bracelet. Each of these prong mountings features a 4mm Genuine Grade AAA Gemstone, and oh my gosh are they spectacular! Every clear stone you see, is .32 Carats of White Topaz Gemstones, and the 5 center stones are each 4mm .38 Carats of London Blue Topaz Gemstones. I almost couldn't believe my math when I added these sums. There is a total of 35 mountings for an undeniably stunning 10.50 Carats, tgw. For a piece as grand as this, I feel both it and YOU, are absolutely worth it! Enjoy!
The words above show exactly what I meant about the enthusiasm and joy in the descriptions. Along with that is very detailed information on the components and the process of bringing this piece back into circulation in such a beautiful way. 

So go ahead and browse the shop Exquisite Studios because as Emily says."YOU are absolutely worth it!"

To stay connected you can follow @ExquisiteStudio.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blueberries! Lemonade!

Flavors don't get more refreshing and fitting for a hot summer day than blueberries and lemonade. Our Erika of Cuprum29 on Etsy had a couple of wonderful pins on her Food Board on Pinterest with those combinations.

Made with blueberries, fresh squeezed lemon juice, sugar, water and ice.

You can find this recipe on Erika's Food board that I linked above or on the blog ShopCookMake.

Until next time!
Stay cool!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Need a Nudge to Write?.

This book review and recommendation comes to us from our own Clemmie V. 

Clemmie V's : You will love this Book ! A Step - by -Step Guid...:   I recommend this book, by Henri Junttila !! Especially for anyone just starting blogging. This book is easy to read and is jam-packed with down to earth advice.

Clemmie  has a great shop on Etsy filled with things straight from her sewing machine to you.

How could you not fall in love with this bright, cute, ribboned bear?

For more about Clemmie you can visit her blog.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Shop of the Week Cuprum29

From the About Page of the Cuprum29Jewelry shop on Etsy you can learn a bit about the artist and artistry behind a shop filled with beautiful designs wearable from your head to your toes.
Cuprum29Jewelry offers unique, hand cut, riveted, and forged jewelry in copper, brass and silver that is inspired by traditional art forms from around the world, judaica jewelry, braille message jewelry, zodiac jewelry, ethnic jewelry and boho jewelry.

Each piece is designed and skillfully crafted by me by hand in my home studio located on the beautiful eastern shore of Delmarva. 

Please browse around, there is always something fresh and exciting to see. If you are interested in a custom order, an item that has already sold or you have any questions feel free to contact me, I'll be more than happy to talk to you.

I have shown you just a couple of items but there is more to see.

Monday, July 7, 2014

More Awesome Summertime Food!

Keep your kitchen cool and eat something wonderful.

Busy artisans like BackAlleyDesigns  with shops on Etsy and ArtFire are always looking for ways to keep everyone fed and get back to creating. 

I think this one is a winner, do you?

This post shared by another great member of Group2020.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

It All Starts with a Ring

From the title you may think I mean weddings but today is something different. 

In an informative blog post on Lehane Arts you can learn about jumprings. She includes information on how they are made, materials and more.

These jumprings are the basic pieces that are the used in the art form of chainmaille and in her shop, Lehane on Etsy, she does a wonderful job of putting these basic little rings into beautiful designs incorporating color and form. 

Take a moment to check out the blog post and her shop. If you have any questions or comments I am sure she would love to hear from you!

Lehane is also the founder of Group2020 which is a select group of artisans with many skills and shops on websites and multiple venues.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Just in Time

Just in time to be ready for Fourth of July festivities we have a pin to share.

My granddaughter says this would help you "get your party on"! 

 This pin comes from Cuprum29Jewelry on Pinterest who has a great Etsy shop Cuprum29

All of us at Group2020 hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Another Recipe!

Still need some ideas for crowd pleasing ideas to serve on the Fourth of July? This could be what you are looking for!

Erika is getting a reputation with all of us at Group2020 for great recipes!
Fresh Fruit! Cake! Red White and Blue!
Enough said.

Well actually not. While Erika of Cuprum29 shares great food with all of us I would like to share with you that she is a talented artisan. Her specialty is handcrafted mixed metal jewlery and her designs are stunning!
You can find her shop at Cuprum29.

Share shop or food comments with us! We would love to hear from you!